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The Remedy for Love is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

They're calling it the "Storm of the Century," so Eric stops at the market for provisions on his way home from work. But when the unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in front of him in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Algonquin Books
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Idarah
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. It seems like I’ve caught a nasty strain of the flu virus every other year since I can remember, and I can always associate each episode with the book that I nursed in bed. A Great Deliverance was one of them, so was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Both books hold a special place in my reader’s heart.

This year was quite different though. I was seriously put out of commission! I spent a week and a half staring at the wall and sleeping with the TCM network
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Snotchocheez
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I know if you're like me you're probably sick of Goodreads spam, but here's just a wee bit of personal spam that hopefully won't irritate you: A huge Thank you to one of the awesomest Goodreads authors out there, Roxane Gay who I received this book from in her massive library giveaway; Like an ingrate I've yet to read, or own, any books of hers, but I swear I will rectify that as soon as I can because she's the coolest!)

Okay, so I receive Roxane's gift, (which I was really excited about
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Erika Robuck
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Compulsively readable, this is the kind of novel you want to devour in one night, next to a fire, with an endless glass of wine, and blankets, lots of blankets. THE REMEDY FOR LOVE is a superb psychological study with memorable characters in a terrifying situation. I haven't been this captivated or uncomfortable in a room since reading ROOM. Highly recommended for lovers of literary novels steeped in suspense.
switterbug (Betsey)
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I was drawn to this novel, my first Bill Roorbach, by the quirkiness of the plot blurb. I suspected that it would be a character study more than anything else, and in that I was correct. Eric, a small-town lawyer in Maine, finds himself half-reluctantly helping a vagrant-looking young woman after he has an odd experience with her in a grocery store. He follows her out to a rural and isolated cabin in the woods, as the snowstorm of the century (or ever!) begins to pile it higher and deeper. He ...more
Erika
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Bill Roorbach writes complete sentences, with correct punctuation.

This book has a plot.

There are some lines of clever dialogue.

May we consider those compliments worthy of the 2 stars I've bestowed?

I'm staggered by the praise this book is getting. For what? Who's getting paid off to write such over-the-top wonderful reviews? Tell me, please, what I'm missing. The novel's premise is coy and predictable -- but could've been shaped in a compelling manner. Instead: a character so irritating and
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Larry H
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
The state of Maine is about to get hit with what is being called "the storm of the century." Small-town attorney Eric stops by the grocery store to stock up on some high-end provisions (fancy cheese, good wine, etc.) in preparation for a visit from his estranged wife. He finds himself in line behind Danielle, an unkempt woman he assumes to be homeless, who is having trouble coming up with all of the money she needs to buy her groceries. Rather than cause a scene, he pays the difference, then ...more
Lisa
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this hard-to-categorize book: a character study of two deeply damaged but extremely sympathetic individuals. They are strangers, yet they find themselves trapped in a dilapidated cabin with no electricity during a serious blizzard of epic proportions. So right away you know I'm into it. I love a good snow storm. But this was much more than that. It was a really moving story and very unique. The title and cover threw me off in a big way. This is in no way a sappy romance. That's ...more
Amy
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Eric is one of those people who seems like a human duckling: he allows himself to be imprinted upon by whatever he sees first.

He’s a great guy – don’t get me wrong. You want him as your friend, and you trust him. He’s a lawyer whose clients can’t – or won’t – always pay him, and he seems blithely unconcerned. With the forecasters calling for a tumultuous storm – I’m sure all heavy symbolism is intentional – Eric stops by the market to pick up some food. His basket, though, is full of provisions
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Jana
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good one.

The setting was SO interesting: A snowed-in cabin in New England. Maybe cabin is too generous. A hut or shack? Mostly takes place between two very disparate people. The girl was a little off-putting to me from the beginning. I suppose she was meant to be, but I almost felt like I could smell her. Ew.

However, I warmed up to her (haha...poor choice of words in this story!). I loved the scenes of the man cooking. I want what they ate! Prepare to have an appetite when you're
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Jennifer Tabler
I am reviewing this for Net Galley in exchange for an honest review! This book started out very slow and did not make any sense. I got so confused and couldn't keep up with all the jumping of topics. There were a lot of words used that I had no clue what they meant and had to go look them up online But I kept reading and the book got better. I love this type of book in fact it is my favorite type so I had to read it. This book is somewhat sexy but the girl had a lot of mental problems. Her ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I cannot remember how this book came to me. I think it may have been a shout out from Peter Heller. Anyway, not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. I liked the setting the most. Here in the PNW everything closes down if there is even a whiff of snow. Back east folks are wicked prepared. However, a storm of the century traps two lonely and damaged people in a small cabin. There are reveals. There are secrets. And all the while the storm rages on. Brrr.
Cheryl
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A novel about an unlikely romance that develops when a homeless woman and a lawyer are stuck in an ill-prepared summer cabin during a dangerous snowstorm. This is not a "meet-cute" light romantic comedy. Serious issues are revealed about each character as they get to know each other. There's also a sense of danger as a snow slide threatens to push their cabin into the river, making an escape plan necessary. A good romance novel for people who don't like chick-lit romance novels.
Suzanne Hall
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Remedy for Love is the sort of story that you rush through to find out what happens, while simultaneously wanting it to last forever. Roorbach shows how intensity of shared experiences puts relationship development in high gear. The entire story takes place over the course of just a few days (the duration of a killer blizzard) and yet truths about self, love, sexuality, and dysfunction are laid bare.

As I approached the conclusion, I worried about how the author would wrap things up. I'd come to
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David Abrams
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Take two strangers—Eric, a small-town lawyer, and Danielle, a former schoolteacher turned homeless squatter—put them in a cabin in the Maine woods, spice it up with a little romantic tension, stir in the wreckage of past love affairs, sprinkle liberally with sharp, funny dialogue, then add the Storm of the Century which buries the cabin in huge drifts of snow, and—voila!—you've got The Remedy for Love, one of the best novels of this or any year. I'm not a doctor, but I'll be prescribing Bill ...more
Jim
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the hands of a lesser writer, a novel about two emotionally-damaged people (one obviously so, the other keeping it hidden) trapped in a snowed-in cabin might be a recipe for literary claustrophobia. But Bill Roorbach adds a secret doorway that opens the story up to a greater world of relationships and trust and hurt and deceit and romance. The storm-bound characters fight their way through tough emotional obstacles to find bravery, then trust and finally love, and in the process develop the ...more
Barb
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
After reading some of the reviews on the cover of this book, I was anxious to read “The Remedy for Love” by Bill Roorbach. A romance novel written by a man would certainly have a different slant than those written by most romance novelists. Well, I was right about that.

I had a most difficult time trying to figure out the characters, the plot, the dialogue…just about everything about this novel was beyond me. I know it is the story of two people, two strangers, trapped in a ramshackle cabin
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Beth Weisberger
Eh, the characters weren't that compelling to me. Nor was this romance believable. The plot was cute, though--I think I would have enjoyed it as a short story. As a full length novel, I found it drawn out and redundant.

Heading to "old ladies library book club." Maybe I'll
Like the book more once I hear what the 70 year olds thought of all the cock grabbing and hairy leg references. :-)
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The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach

*** This DRC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***

"Danielle for-now" immediately gives off the impression of a squatter living outside town. Her personality seems to suggest a mental disorder may be at play. The way she speaks and her social skills & manners are odd. It's almost like a Schizophrenic - Autistic combo. Maybe some dementia. She's odd. You never know if what she's telling you is true or make-believe. She speaks of her
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Jill
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a deeply moving, powerful story that explores love and intimacy in the face of loneliness, fear and loss. It begins at the onset of a huge blizzard in Maine. Eric, a 34-year old lawyer separated from his wife Alison (at her initiative), helps a young homeless-looking woman get her groceries to her cabin in the woods, and then the two of them get stuck there as the storm worsens.

The woman, Danielle, 28, is thin, unkempt, and bruised; clearly she is frightened of Eric and keeps telling him
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Mary
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this so badly. And I did at first. The opening scene in a Hannaford grocery store: I felt like I've witnessed that scene, even been one of the people in line behind Eric, a dozen times. I was sucked in by all of the survival plotline: I loved all of the bits about gathering wood and water and trying to survive in a summer camp without electricity and plumbing in the middle of a massive winter storm. And I wanted to know more about this female character: why her hair was chopped ...more
Amy
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wondering what it would be like to be snowed in like many in Western New York? Bill Roorbach focuses on a “storm of the century” in his latest novel, The Remedy for Love. Typical of anyone who lived in a snowy area when an unprecedented storm is forecast for much of Maine, local lawyer Eric stops at the market for a few things. Ahead of him in line is someone unknown to the small town, a young woman in what appears to be dire straits. When she does not have enough money to pay for her items Eric ...more
Cindy
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it

The Remedy For Love has to be one of the most unusual books that I have ever read. I guess I would describe it as a romantic novel in a strange way. There are really only two characters in the story. First there is Eric who is a lawyer, a super nice guy, and a great friend..Someone you can trust. Then there is Danielle, a former teacher who clearly has problems. The author gives the impression that she is a homeless squatter.. She is odd, bruised, lonely, frightened and very hostile. And there
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Annette
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Hard to describe this story. The positives: the man vs. nature aspect of the novel intrigued me most. Eric and the female character struggle to survive an epic snow storm trapped in a remote cabin in Maine.
Descriptions of the terrain, the cabin itself and the ingenuity he uses to survive were well crafted.

For me the subplot was this mystery girl and her secret past. The negative that kept me from rating this novel higher was the inability to really understand her. By the time the real reason
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Susanna
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I became completely absorbed in it for two days. The characterization, especially of Eric, is so good, and Roorbach artfully weaves in Eric's back story. The relationship between the two develops naturally (or un-), and the situation is believable, interesting, and eventually, quite thrilling as the weather takes over their lives. And I appreciated the way the "time out" from life gave Eric an unexpected respite to examine his life and come to a place where he's ready to grasp ...more
Lee Roversi
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
i devoured this book. in a bit of a slump with a cold and spent the better part of this sunday on my couch - first with the new york times and then with this compulsively readable novel. the sun was shining outside and my cough and i stayed contently put, taking in each chapter and eagerly turning the pages. finished in one day. great read.
David
Feb 12, 2015 added it
Don't let the title fool you. Not chick lit. I didn't see where this was going until the end of the book. Even then, I was expecting something different. Good read.
Norbert
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s hard not to use cliches like spellbinding and a page turner to describe this book. Let me try again.

This is a story of two lonely, quietly desperate people coming together in an ordinary way, under highly unusual circumstances. They expose every weakness, willingly and unwillingly, until there’s nothing left to hide but an unfortunate tattoo. Or perhaps, not even that.
Sophfronia Scott
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'd call Bill Roorbach a driver. As a writer, I mean. You get in his car, fasten your seatbelt. He hits the gas and then? Man, what a ride. He knows how to hug the most wicked curves. He can shift so smoothly it's like he and the vehicle can breathe as one. The speed is high--exhilarating, kinda scary too. But you realize he's good. Really good. After a few minutes of white-knuckling the door handle you relax and enjoy the flow.

Reading The Remedy for Love is very much like that. Roorbach takes
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Virginia Campbell
Once you start reading "The Remedy for Love", you will literally be compelled to see it through to the outcome. Author Bill Roorbach has created an unusually involving contemporary tale, a romance in spite of itself, which is also a curious, cautionary adventure. In the small, rural town of Woodchurch, Maine, Eric is an attorney with a moderate law practice. He cooks, savors his food and wine, and waits for his big-city wife, Alison, to make increasingly infrequent visits as their marriage ...more
Mark
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A massive snow storm is fast approaching western Maine, Some are calling it the Storm of the century. Eric, a small-town lawyer, stops at a local market to pick up items for dinner. In the check out lane he meets a disheveled, young woman, who is apparently homeless and possibly psychotic. She also can not pay for her groceries, so Eric, feeling empathetic, hands off his credit card. Eric, then offers to drive the woman to a small cabin, deep in the woods, just as the snow begins to fall. These ...more
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Bill Roorbach's newest novel is The Remedy For Love, coming October 2014 from Algonquin Books. Life Among Giants, also from Algonquin, is in development for a multi-year series at HBO, and won the 2014 Maine Literary Award in Fiction. Big Bend: Stories has just be re-released by Georgia in its Flannery O'Connor Award series. Temple Stream is soon to be re-released by Down East Books. Bill is also ...more
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